7 Quick Takes Vol. 24

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Well, I forgot to do my Quick Takes last Friday…and that was actually a pretty full week. For one, it was the one year anniversary of this blog. And, Saturday night, I got to babysit and even rock their 5 month old to sleep. He was a sweet baby! there other kids were great, though they were asleep almost the whole time.

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I have so many blogging ideas in my head! I had a lovely realization about vocations this week after a conversation with a sister who was visiting campus, I also want to write about halloween, and my favorite posts from the last year. Hopefully I’ll get to one of those, at least, this weekend.

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Next weekend is Fall Break! I’ve been looking forward to it for a while now. It’ll be great to just relax and have some down time. I’m going with a friend of mien from Iowa. We’re going to go shopping, she’s going to show me Costco (I’ve never been to one because they aren’t by my house), and just enjoy the mini vacation.

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This weekend is Homecoming! We had the parade and dorm decoration judging today. Tomorrow is the traditional bed races, the football game, Saturday Vigil Mass, and the homecoming dance. I didn’t care for last year’s dance very much but this year it’s a 50’s themed sock hop. There’s going to be swing dancing and our swing club helped pick the music. So that should be fun.

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What does the fox say? Is anyone else mildly disturbed by this music video? At first I was weirded out, then I was concerned (it just wouldn’t sit right with me), now I’m not entirely sure. Maybe it’s just a silly video? Thoughts??

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We have wi-fi! The wi-fi in our suite has been terrible. I mentioned this to my dad and being the wonderful and technologically literate person that he is (he’s a computer programmer he kinda knows his stuff) he offered to send an access point. When it arrived, I on the other hand, was pretty clueless. I tend to think of myself as fairly tech savvy. But maybe I’m not. But that’s why I’ve got my dad and my brothers to call up and say “help! I don’t know what I’m doing!”
Anyways, it’s great to have full-functioning wi-fi. We can even get netflix on the wii. And yeah, we may have overdone it on the TV watching tonight. But hey! We are in college after all!

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A friend mentioned Totus Tuus to me today. We were talking about summer internships and I mentioned wanting something in my diocese that was related to education. Totus Tuus was something she had done and enjoyed. She described the program to me: working with kids, teaching them about the faith, traveling around the diocese, being part of a team, praying constantly, discerning your vocation. So yeah…I’m going to have to look into that. 🙂 One thing that does concern me is the salary. It’s not a whole lot and I do need to be saving up. We’ll see what happens. Anyone out there ever been on a Totus Tuus team???

 

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7 Quick Takes Vol. 21…Worth the Wait

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So…you know how I wrote this post the other day and promised a quick takes on Friday. Well it’s Saturday. I forgot 😛

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But, I have a good excuse. Yesterday was a bit crazy. And 7 quick takes wasn’t the only thing I forgot. But I did spend the evening in Kansas City at the Marriott volunteering at a pro-life benefit dinner for the Vitae Foundation.  Our college sends volunteers every year. It was fun and we got to hear Dr. Ben Carson speak.  He has an amazing story of being raised by a woman who had a 2nd grade education who divorced her husband when she found out he was a bigamist. She refused to go on welfare, and though they didn’t live well they were eventually able to be independent. He’s now this amazing brain surgeon. So yeah. That’s cool.

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Dr. Carson also taked about education in America. He referenced Alexis De Tocqueville who wrote Democracy in America. One thing De Tocqueville saw as he observed schools in early America (circa 1830) was that they taught values. For example, Bibles were opened in the schools. Additionally, Carson touched on how our standards have slipped. It used to be a 2nd grade graduate was completely literate and the average vagabond could tell you how the government worked.

Nowadays we see things like this:

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Although I like to hope that this a sample of the worst not a sample of the general public.
Sorry if I rant on this, but hey, I am an education major.

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Things are settling down into a rhythm which is nice. Classes are going good. I dropped one and now my load is pretty easy. I didn’t want to ever drop a class. It seems like such a quitter thing to do.  But I’m so glad I did. The class was rigorous when it came to homework and this semester I just couldn’t do it along with everything else. Sometimes you just need humility.

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My work with campus ministry would be one of those things that falls under “everything else”.  It’s been a whirlwind since the the retreat. But I’m learning a lot and having a lot of fun. I’m working with some great people and for some pretty great reasons. 

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I’ve also got my campus job. Thursday was my first day as a test proctor. It’s nice so far. If nothing else it’s a job. And as a perk, its actually related to my major. It’s a comfort to know I’ll have a steady source of income soon. I like having something consistent and comfortable. I don’t like worrying about money. Sometimes I wish we didn’t need money.

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Lastly, enjoy this pretty picture from my short time in Colorado:

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2013 Goals: June Review/July Goals

Well, another month has come and gone and the year is half over. (Doesn’t it feel like it just started??) Anyways now it’s time to take a look back at the past month, the goals I had, and how I did and to look forward and plan 5 new goals for July.

My 5 goals for June:

1)Say at least one decade of the rosary every day
Um, I guess I really didn’t do too good at this. I got maybe 10 days out of the month. But overall, I think my prayer life is improving.

2)Finish “How to Find Your Soulmate” and at least one other book–and write reviews for both
Yes and no. I finished Soulmate and you can read my review/reflection here. Bus I haven’t finished my second book. I did start “Rediscovering Catholicism” by Matthew Kelly but I haven’t gotten very far yet.

3)Make a decision about Spanish next semester
This took a back burner as the month went on. I think I am going to take Spanish though. It will be good for me, if I become a teacher and I’ve always wanted to learn.

4)Apply to more jobs, and get at least one interview (hopefully)
I did one better. I found a job and have been working at the cafe for over 2 weeks. You can read more about how I got the job here and about the awkward intersection between faith and my coworkers here.

5)Refresh my math skills (or lack thereof) in prep for my math for teachers class in the Fall
This one is a big no. I haven’t even cracked the book this month. Although, come to think of it, I have been doing math at work…so does that count?

BONUS) Write that letter to my future self
Yeah, no.

Okay, so in all seriousness I didn’t do too good this month. Hopefully I can apply myself more in the weeks ahead. There’s still a number of things that I meant to do this summer that I haven’t gotten around to. And for me, summer ends in just over 6 weeks. So July, it’s you and me and we are going to do this. 🙂

July goals:

1)Work on the following for school: Spanish and math

2)Write essays for application to education department 

3)Get my driving permit

4)Finish “Rediscovering Catholicism” and one other book. Write reviews for both.

5)Write that letter!!

So there we have it. Hopefully I can do better this month than last. It looks like a few of these will require diligence and consistency. Some scheduling is probably in order to help keep me on top of the school-related assignments and possible the reading. Only, I know I don’t stick to schedules without consequences looming over me or rewards being held out like a proverbial carrot. So, this month, I’m going to add a reward or consequence to each goal.

1)Work on the following for school: Spanish and math
If I do…
and get far enough, I get to spend a lazy day wearing comfy clothes, enjoying myself, and relaxing

2)Write essays for application to education department
If I don’t…I can’t go on Twitter for a week or until I’m done writing the essays (whichever comes first)

3)Get my driving permit
If I don’t…(through my own fault) I must tell the whole long blog post on why I can’t drive yet (I’m pretty sure I’m going to get it though).

4)Finish “Rediscovering Catholicism” and one other book (probably the book on St. Kateri). Write reviews for both.
If I do…I get to read the “Freedom Writers Diary” (which I’m looking forward to) next in my Summer Reading.

5)Write that letter!
If I don’t…I can’t eat  chocolate for a week (ouch!)

So there we are. 5 goals. 2 rewards. 3 consequences. 1 month.

7 Quick Takes (Vol. 12)

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Father’s Day! To all dads:I hope you know what an impact you can have on your children. Your actions and words, for good or ill, can influence much in your child’s life. Happy Father’s Day to all dads, especially my own.

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I found a summer job! This week so much has happened. On Wednesday I went into a cafe to apply for a job. I filled out the application and, since she wasn’t busy, the executive chef talked to me for a bit. She told me to come in Saturday morning. So I did. Part of the time I shadowed and then I waitressed my own tables.

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Only, it’s not that simple…(but when is it?) The first day was rough. I was there for over 8 hours and completely lost. But I got through, I guess. Moreover, on Friday, I was contacted about a nannying position. It would pay better, have consistent hours, and be something I could enjoy. I’m praying that I get the job, but also that God’s will be done.

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I had a scare with my computer earlier today. I thought I might have downloaded a virus. But my resident IT serviceperson/brother told me it was just a fierce ad pop-up and that there’s nothing to worry about. So…

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Civil disobedience would be necessary according to my priest. During his homily at today’s Mass, he spoke of the Fortnight for Freedom (a call from the bishops to pray and fast for religious liberty, true marriage, and other issues) and Obamacare’s HHS Mandate. Starting August 1 almost all health insurance will have to provide for contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients. As he said, as Catholics this is against our conscience. We cannot go along with an unjust law such as this one. Therefore, civil disobedience may not only be morally allowable but morally obligatory.

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I’m almost done with How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your SoulHopefully I’ll finish it quick and have a blog post up soon. This will be a hard post to write. Soulmate has been a personal and emotional book for me. Hopefully, though, I can share some of the wisdom I’ve learned from it.

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Random Catholic Sightings! Today, I saw 2 separate instances of Catholicism. At the store, I saw a man buying quite a large quantity of food, including almost 100 cans of soda. The list he kept referring to was on a piece of paper, on the corner of which was an image of St. Anthony of Padua holding the Infant Jesus. Then when we were out at dinner, I caught sight of a man’s scapular. It’s just great to see these things and remember that Catholics are around me…even though I’m away from school.

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7 Quick Takes (Vol. 9)

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I like lilacs. They don’t bloom for long but for the time they do, it’s beautiful. And it smells wonderful. I wish my camera was working so I could show you the lilacs my sister and I picked and put in a vase on our kitchen table. Some of them are wilted already, but some are still fresh.

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I’m surprised by how much I like Twitter. I’ve only been using my account for about 10 days, but I’m seeing some benefits. There’s some great Catholic and pro-life people to follow on Twitter. There’s great quotes, news articles, humor. However, I’m not a big fan of how short tweets have to be. That would be my one complaint.

If you’d like to follow me I’m under @rachel_kateri. You can also see my recent tweets in the Twitter widget to the right.

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Earlier this week I went shopping with a friend. It’s been on my to do list and it was fun. We stopped at all of a girl’s favorite shops: Ghiradelli’s Chocolate, Bath and Body Works, some clothing stores. I didn’t buy much but it was a good time and I got to catch up with an old friend.

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I going to be in a choir. My old homeschooling group is having their graduation Mass this week. Myself and several others will make up the choir for the Mass. I haven’t sung in a choir since my chorale concerts in April and I felt pretty rusty at practice yesterday. But it should be fine as long as I practice.

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I’m still looking for a Summer job. Yep…. I’m feeling less and less confident as time goes on, but we’ll see.

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I wanted to write this Summer. See, I haven’t really written fiction since I started school. There just hasn’t been much time for it. So I though I’d pick up some of my old pieces again (I usually aim for novel-length). But I’m finding it kind of laborious. Maybe I’ll start something new? Maybe I just need to push through?

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Spring/Summer Fever… I’m a planner. I need to know what’s coming up next. I also don’t like sitting around doing nothing for days and days. Don’t get me wrong, rest is nice. But at this point I’ve been home for 2 weeks and sitting around the house has turned from relaxing into tedious. I want to do stuff, but  it would be difficult to start any major projects since I don’t know what the rest of the summer will hold. I could decide to do this or that but I guess I’m afraid it might be interrupted were I to get a job. I like schedules. I like consistency. But I don’t like doing nothing. Maybe I’ll start something, and if it gets interrupted or I have to cut back…oh well then. But I need to do something.

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After One Year of College: What I’ve Learned, What I’ve Done

A lot of the time we think that college is almost a waste of money, that all it’s really good for is giving us a piece of paper that hypothetically helps us get a job. I don’t argue that college is expensive. And I certainly don’t argue that it can help you get a job. But there are a few things that college has done for me after just one year that go beyond a piece of paper. Here are some of them…

Things I’ve learned and/or realized in my first year of college:

  • Your friends make all the difference
  • Home is not perfect
  • I like to be in control of my own schedule and know what’s coming, also
  • My planner is my best friend
  • Some professors really care
  • There’s so much I should have done differently in high school
  • I like to have my mom to talk to
  • The city of Kansas City actually spans 2 states
  • What an ectopic pregnancy actually is
  • The 4 temperaments and my temperament as a high-functioning phlegmatic/melancholic
  • You can open your textbook once and still get an A in some classes (certainly doesn’t work in most classes)
  • I need to control my emotions more and grow in temperance, fortitude, and charity
  • I can ace an interview
  • I have the spirit of an English major
  • I don’t have to write fiction, I can live without it
  • I have a tendency to let my friends distract me when I should be studying
  • Gummy bears can be motivation for studying
  • 5 hours really isn’t enough sleep
  • I love Nanny 911
  • English majors can be kinda eccentric or pretty quiet
  • Follow your dream
  • Certain things are worth getting up at 7am on a Saturday
  • I need to investigate vaccines more
  • You can get to know people pretty well pretty fast (like you’ll understand the meaning of an eyebrow raise after 8 mos.)
  • I rely on my phone, a lot
  • I’m actually a good student
  • The “Catholic bubble” can be dangerous
  • Just how stupid and non-loving most movie romances are
  • I don’t want TV to be the center of my house
  • Nutella is yummy
  • Kids need structure
  • People-first language
  • Get down to your student’s eye level
  • PTSD symptoms can be found in urban youth
  • “Disability is a natural part of the human experience”
  • A little bit about ABA therapy for children with autism
  • I’ve learned to let go a little bit
  • Special education really interests me
  • When it comes to the grounds for a solid friendship the deeper issues like family and morals matter much more than the shallow ones like what type of movies you enjoy
  • I go to a pretty amazing college 🙂
  • BC is where God meant me to be

Things I’ve done in my first year of college

  • Been about 3 yards away from Paul Ryan
  • Aced an interview
  • Went to my first March for Life, which means I also
  • Survived a 26 hour bus ride to the March, and
  • Visited D.C. for the first time, and
  • Saw the Library of Congress
  • I Saw Rick Santorum speak
  • Got onto Pinterest
  • Heard Immaculee Ilibagiza speak
  • Stayed in a hotel with some great girl friends
  • Went on a trip to Kansas City’s Plaza shopping district
  • Went to the Nelson-Atkins art museum
  • Went to the National World War I Memorial
  • Successfully wore a beanie for a week
  • Lived independently
  • Donated blood for the first time
  • Went 48 hours without my cell phone, Pinterest, or Facebook
  • Persevered in my dream to go to Europe (so far…)
  • Used nail stickers
  • Calculated expenses
  • Declared my major in Elementary Education with concentrations in English and Special Ed
  • Nurtured my faith-life
  • Saw Matt Maher in concert
  • Saw Audrey Assad in concert
  • Prayed outside of an abortion clinic
  • Saw Archbishop Naumann of KCK at least 3 times, probably more
  • Got on the Dean’s List first semester
  • Got on the President’s List second semester
  • Made it to daily Mass a lot
  • Went to a emotional panel of post-abortive women
  • Was signed up for an hour of Adoration each week of second semester
  • Was offered a position with campus ministry and the scholarship to go with it
  • Successfully helped out at Baccalaureate Mass; our work got a resounding approval from our chaplain/boss
  • Heard Leah Darrow speak
  • Had my first real job
  • Went swing dancing
  • Learned the nightclub two step dance
  • Voted for President
  • Stayed up to watch part of the St. Kateri canonization Mass
  • Was a tutor/teacher’s aid as part of my Intro to Ed class
  • Completed a 10 page paper
  • Hosted a prospie (prospective student)
  • Started a blog 😉
  • Was part of a chorale group
  • Rested in the peace of knowing BC is where I was meant to be

I always knew college would be about a lot more than just book-learning for me. But I don’t think I realized how much I would accomplish and learn and do. And this is only after one year!

7 Quick Takes (Vol. 5) I’m Back!

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I’m back!! The last month or so I’ve neglected these 7 quick takes posts as well as this blog generally speaking. But now I’m back. And as the school year end and summer begins I’ll hopefully have more time to blog away. On to my life.

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I gave blood this week! On Thursday my college was hosting a blood drive so I went in and gave blood. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. It wasn’t very hard at all. I did feel some side effects afterwards, but I also skipped breakfast the next day.

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 I love my college. This week at Benedictine we saw the biannual Jam for Lamb musical talent show (some acts of which were hilarious) as well as the first annual Color Run and the 30th year of Springfest. A Color Run, if you don’t know (which is ok because I didn’t at first), is a 5k during which people throw colorful powder all over you. A couple of my friends did it and enjoyed it. At Jam for the Lamb we had an awesome performance by the 4 guys who will be joining seminaries this fall. It was their send-off. So proud that my school has *4* future-seminarians.

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Finals are coming! *cue scary music*  I actually have my first this Tuesday. It’s a biology lab practical, and well, we’ll see how that goes. After that I’ve got 3 tests, a take home project (in addition to the test for that class), and 3 papers (one of which is in addition to a traditional test). There will be lots of popcorn and chocolate these next 10 days.

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Summer is coming! *cue fun music* In two weeks I’ll be home with my family. I’ll hopefully find a job and spend my summer working, hanging out with friends, and doing lots of reading. (I actually have a potential nannying job, so please keep that in your prayers.)

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College Ministry. This fall I’ll be working with my college’s ministry team as the editor of the Sunday bulletin. I’m really excited! I’ve been shadowing the person who has it now and getting to know the position. As part of it I also write the petitions and help out at Sunday Mass, as well as schedule people who volunteer for Eucharistic Adoration slots.

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Time for the Catholic meme of the day from catholicmemes.com

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7 Quick Takes-A Few Days Late (Vol. 2)

Why is it I’m almost completely unproductive when I’m at home? It’s Spring Break and I’m here in Wisconsin spending time with my family. However, what I didn’t do this week was publish a 7 Quick Takes post.

If you saw my last one, my first, you might have caught onto the fact that it didn’t go very well. But I think I’ll try this again.

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It’s not friday. This template was made for those participating in the original conversiondiary.com Quick Takes Fridays. Nor is it Sunday, which was the day I originally picked to do my 7 Quick Takes. No, it’s Wednesday. But I already covered my unproductiveness.  So I’ll stop this here.

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Teaching is something near and dear to my heart. I’ve been considering doing more teaching/child themed posts, since that’s often what my brain is occupied with.

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I’m about 3/4 done with my first year of college. That means I’m almost 1/4 through my college career. When did this happen?

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Summer jobs may not be as easy to find as I would wish. I could cold-call daycares in town, but that seems…awkward, to be honest. I’ve also got myself listed on a childcare website, but I don’t think people have started to think much about their summer nannies yet, much less posted a job description for one.

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The Catholic College of Cardinals gathered today for a public prayer service at St. Peter’s. Apparently they haven’t set the date for the conclave yet. They’re making me nervous. I just want a new Pope already!  …One chosen by the Holy Spirit who will guide the Church faithfully through storms and bring people closer to God. And I want him today. Is that so much to ask?

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Wow! Number 6 already, I’m on a roll this week. Maybe this isn’t so hard after all… Maybe I should keep doing these quick takes posts.

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Well, number 7. Time for some Catholic humor? I think so.

From the Catholic Meme’s Facebook page:

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I think the funniest thing about this meme might just be that they didn’t change Obi-Wan Kenobi’s face.

Well that’s all for me today. Hopefully I’ll have another quick takes up Sunday (or Saturday, as I’ll be traveling Sunday).

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